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Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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23/3/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 23 March 2017

It is just possible that this edition of the circular may be reaching some people who haven't seen one for quite a while (due to ISPs' spam filtering). My thanks to recent new subscriber Nick for suggesting some background technical tweaking, and to an old friend, web developer Martin Jones (www.natty.co.uk - highly recommended!), for implementing the tweaks.

Part One below - A full listing to the end of April
Part Two - One-liners for the whole of May
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar - and a new percussionist - their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for full details, bookings, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline.
Tickets £12 adv from www.southdevonmusic.co.uk, £15 door (if available). Enquiries to: phil.royal@btinternet.com.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St., Beer EX12 3EQ
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic. Tickets £10 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Postponed Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - English Folk Rock & Folk Music Night - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
 www.torquaymuseum.org/events/details/149/folk-rock-music-night. Contact enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975.

Saturday 25 March 2017 - Ensemble Baklava - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Monday 27 March 2017 8pm - Bill Kirchen Band with Austin De Lone - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
This Telecaster wizard along with his sidekick Mr De Lone - a man who wrote that anthemic piece of advice 'I'm gonna put a bar in the boot of my car, and drive myself to drink' - supplied the musical gristle to that bunch of '70's desperadoes, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Since that time he's added his guitar genius to albums by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, and fronts arguably the most kicking, entertaining outfit you'll see this side of the Tamar for a long time; last time around jaws were dropping ! Sure to be a sell out, get in gear quickly, this kind of feral delight doesn't come around often. Tickets £15 adv from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. /www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland. More details, tickets from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/389589.

Saturday 1 April 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. An LGBTQ+ friendly Barn Dance open to all. £7/£5. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

Sunday 2 April 2017 7.45pm - Richard Grainger - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From Teesside, Richard is a fine exponent of "the living tradition", as he has written many songs and musical plays, relating events ranging from Homer's Odyssey, the story of James Cook to the Yorkshire whaling industry! Also the artistic director of many festivals, he is a first rate singer and guitarist and has a dozen or so albums to his name. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Coming soon: 30/
4 Tom McConville; 7/5 Cloudstreet; 21/5 Paul Downes; 11/6 Keith Donnelly

Sunday 2 April 2017 7.30pm - Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9 adv, and can be purchased directly from graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

Monday 3 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 7pm - 'The Centenary of the Death of Edward Thomas' - Totnes Library, The Mansion, 36 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5RP
A performance by The Totnes Poetry Group with music provided by Mick Bramich. The piece is based on his war diaries, letters and poetry with a slice of traditional song and music which interested Thomas very much.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 8pm - Keith James presents the Songs of Leonard Cohen - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. A man of grace. This world will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. £10 adv. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 7.30pm - Hands Across the Sea - Caspar John Hall, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
A concert by Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band: A wide variety of music from the American Continent and the United Kingdom will be performed suiting all ages and tastes. Entry by ticket only. Tickets £10, available from The Britannia Association Office, email admin@britanniaassociation.org.uk or 01803 677565. Payment can be made by debit/credit card.

NEW Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music
Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker will be joined by Jim Payne for a project that is linked to the Devonshire Association’s ‘Devon Newfoundland Story’. Shore to Shore Revisited picks up the 30-year relationship between Wren Music and SingSong Inc. that celebrates the cultural and folk song links between Devon and Newfoundland.
Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection.
Lecture recitals: Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Wednesday 5 April 2017 1pm - Newton Abbot Museum
Thursday 6 April 2017 3pm - Exeter Central Library
Wednesday 12 April 2017 1pm - Sidmouth Library
Concerts:
Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map). Tickets £10 from Cygnet Theatre 01392 277189
Friday 7 April 2017 7.30pm - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map). £6 on the door. No adv tickets
Wednesday 12 April 2017 7.30pm - Salem Chapel, East Budleigh EX9 7EF. Tickets £10 www.wrenmusic.co.uk 01837 52754

Thursday 6 April 2017 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Geoff is an internationally recognised exponent of the rare Duet Concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. A stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. "Let the music keep your spirits high." Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 6 April 2017 8pm - Sam Lewis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With his compelling songs, stirring melodies and preternaturally soulful voice Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths and is a welcome debutant here at the Mill in 2017. His 2015 album ‘ Waiting on you’ recieved a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 7 April 2017 - House Concert: Ruth Theodore - Hatch Court, Churchstow
East London based multi instrumentalist folk singer/songwriter who possesses a very quirky and unique style of delivery. You've only got to read the review of her last CD Cactacus in Froots to understand the impact this lass is having on the folk scene. www.ruththeodore.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. House concerts coming later:
Saturday 3 June 2017 - Sam Green
Wednesday 19 July 2017 - Kentucky Cow Tippers
Saturday 12 August 2017 - Emily Maguire

7-9 April 2017 - Grinagog Festival - Torquay
"A weekend of mudless festival mischief by the sea" www.grinagogfestival.com A huge range of musics in many indoor venues. As far as I can tell, the folk content can be seen at www.grinagogfestival.com/acoustic-blues-jazz: Sam Lee's Nest Collective presents Unamplifire; Philip Henry & Hannah Martin, The Carrivick Sisters, Jim Causley, Young Waters, Cynefin, Thom Ashworth, Jack Cookson, Bill Murray.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Janet Russell has been one of Hugh's long time favourite Scottish singers. Her own songs often have a hard edged humour about issues affecting women. At the start of her career she partnered Christine Kydd and their work together received critical acclaim. She has worked with the likes of Sandra Kerr, Rosie Davis, Peta Webb as well as Christine Kydd.She is a member of the Natural Voice Practioners’ Workshop and is a Director of Yorkshire Dales Workshops promoting participation in folk arts. She was musical director for Mikron Theatre for ten years and is recognised as an accomplished vocal harmony leader. She produced the first English performances of “The Christmas Truce” and “Hearts of Coal” with Coope, Boyce and Simpson. “The most striking feature of Janet Russell’s arresting voice is a lower register whose distinctive power and edge make dramatic listening” Tony Rose, The Guardian. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 8 April 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.samcartermusic.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 8 April 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served during interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors and bar 6.30pm.

Sunday 9 April 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Looking in detail at the narrative and structure of story, this day is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere will join us in an ancient British story. We will consider character, description, action and emotion, and discuss the ‘hero’s journey’ and our own experiences. We will then work through individual tales to play with, and strengthen story structure, and to explore pace and balance in telling. I hope this workshop will help you develop confidence throughout a telling. 2nd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Saturday 8 April 2017 - Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
You won’t find another band like them - from a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo. Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam: Django Reinhardt and The Pogues; Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf; Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli; Tom Waits joins in. Multi-instrumentalist and erstwhile Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett is the driver, as the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage. Well known for his partnership with John Otway, he’s had a long and varied career, recording with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap and Ralph McTell, as well as being considered as Brian Jones’s replacement in the Rolling Stones! Changing gear between almost every number, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes. Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of dry humour!
www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual tour and the band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or "Bellowhead with bus passes!" doesn't seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! "Britain's fiddling supergroup" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "The best fiddle players of a generation" - fRoots. www.feastoffiddles.com. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/feast-of-fiddles.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines Trio - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody Pines cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. www.woodypines.com. Tickets £12 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=41626, £14 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Gareth Hedges - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since he was road manager for many American roots musicians who were touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – Gareth Hedges has been entertaining people with his astonishing guitar picking. This will be his second visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, the club’s organiser. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Ida Wenøe - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. (Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight). In February 2016 Wenøe played an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She has received a prestigious nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.  Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues. South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well-crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you'll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. £8 adv, £10 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 14 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog.

UPDATED Change of venue
Friday 14 April 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

Sunday 16 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines - Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St. George EX3 0NZ
Hailing from Asheville North Carolina, Woody and his gang peddle an infectious brand of floorboard stripping downhome swing, the kind of mess up music you'd want to hear in a dirt floor Alabama juke joint around midnight. Hillbilly, jug band, hokum, blues and ragtime are all part of the guy's sonic mix, which'll be just about right for a night in the funky stable of Devon's finest vineyard. Tickets £15 adv (includes glass of wine) from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show. Tickets on sale from 1 July 2016. www.showofhands.co.uk

Monday 17 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

Thursday 20 April 2017 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. An irresistible brew of all-singing and all-dancing Appalachian mountain music played by two genuine flatfooting, fiddle and banjo virtuosos, as seen supporting Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall. Together, Matt, and Leonard put on an exciting Show of Old-Time traditional fiddle and Banjo Music. They also clog, and do hambone. And there number one goal is break down the wall between them and the crowd, where everyone in the room creates the experience. In the last couple years they have played at festivals in Canada, Scotland, They have toured western Canada, and back in the winter of 2012 opened the Show for Show Of Hands, Wake The Union Tour in theatres all across the UK. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 21 April 2017 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Acclaimed anglo/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify. They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman’s top 2016 top 20 album Ballads of the Broken Few produced by the legendary Ethan Johns. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk opera, A Day's Work and in a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. www.petemorton.com. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Two times BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011 and have since gone from strength to strength playing at major festivals and events across the UK. Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give “everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and there is evolution of the tradition. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Friday 21 April 2017 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae,Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. Support: Holly Morwenna.
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We are so pleased to have booked this extraordinary Irish singer again who makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. With her husband Sam Lakeman she has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition. "To me, you can go anywhere with every song. The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do. I don't really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It's whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?" Support: Greg Hancock. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com for tickets (selling fast). Bar.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Stephen's Church, High St, Exeter EX4 3LW
Hummingbirds Acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. After their recent sell-out CD launch concert they have booked a second performance in Exeter and invite you to join them to celebrate. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.'' To book tickets Email hummingbirdsdevon@gmail.com to book tickets £8/£6. Part of proceeds will be donated to Hospicecare Exeter. https://soundcloud.com/hummingbirds-trio.

Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - The Company Of Players - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inspired by the likes of The Elizabethan Sessions and The Full English, The Company of Players is a contemporary folk supergroup set up by Jess Distill of Said The Maiden. The purpose - to write, record and perform songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, To help Mark the 400th anniversary of his death. With sponsorship from Looe Music festival and funding already in place for a second project, 2017 is set to be a big year for the Company. The collective features the talents of emerging folk artists Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Sam Kelly, Chris Cleverley, Kim Lowings, Minnie Birch, and Daria Kulesh. Having already been championed by the likes of Mike Harding, and Geoff Lakeman. The Company of Players offers a very exciting, dynamic and theatrical live show. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 22 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 22 April 2017 - Adrian Legg - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A rare opportunity to see the unique fingerstyle guitar talent of Adrian Legg in Ashburtons beautiful 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel. "To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented" - Music Week Voted "Guitarist of the decade" by Guitarist Magazine Guitar Players readers poll winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist 1993/'94/'95/'96 www.adrianlegg.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance (01364) 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors 7.30pm.

The 2 - on tour
First UK tour for The 2, France based virtuoso guitarists Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli. The pair met whilst playing at a folk festival in SW France where they’re based. A shared love of guitar led them to explore the possibilities of bringing together their diverse styles, using original songs plus heavily reworked covers from blues, bluegrass to the Beatles and more. The dynamic duo bring together acoustic and electric guitar artistry and vocals. Samples: https://soundcloud.com/the-2-1.
Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Details www.sterts.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=110.
Sunday 23 April 2017 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Tickets £8/£6 from Anna Lunk 01803 762751 and on door. Bar and refreshments.

Sunday 23 April 2017 - Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album in March 2017. Over the last few years, the band has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They openen for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/keston-cobblers-club.

Sunday 23 April 2017 - Maia - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. Self proclaimed ‘sci-fi folk’ evangelists, Maia formed in 2009 as experimental acoustic alchemists playing whatever instruments were lying around and now have (excellent) third album Wild Waters out in April. ‘Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop’ Time Out. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Monday 24 April 2017 - Valerie June - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 25 April 2017 7.30pm - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Following the hugely successful UK tour throughout the Autumn, Bristol four-piece Heg & The Wolf Chorus are back on the road in the spring 2017 performing their acclaimed debut album Raising The Fires. The band perform the album's enchanting story of a witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. The scorned woman casts a spell, ending the world as we know it and conjuring all the mythological creatures back to roam the Earth. A tale inspired by traditional Scottish folklore. ”Simply stunning" - Folk Radio UK. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Wednesday 26 April 2017 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Cancelled Thursday 27 April 2017 8pm - Western Centuries - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 mostly from 6pm - Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues
A huge range of free (except one headline act) events, including: Jamie Leigh, Harbottle & Jonas, Rapunzel Waits, Nicky Swann, Sam Fearon, Matthew Gordon Price, Ben Morgan Brown, Ensemble Baklava, Nick Walters, Glorious Chorus, Dartington Morris Men, and much much more. See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/party-town-2017/lineup for full lineup and times.

Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388392. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

Saturday 29 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 - Luke Jackson + Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Presented by Exeter Secret Gigs. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph. www.lukepauljackson.com. Special guest: Rebecca Loebe, young US singer-songwriter, known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. www.rebeccaloebe.com.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/387463, door £12.

NEW Sunday 30 April 2017 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the the finest folk musicians of our time. Having played alongside some of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc) and at one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as "... a true master", you will get not only fantasic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 30 April 2017 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight, an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

***** Part Two - One-liners for the whole of May *****

Monday 1 May 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
Friday 5 May 2017 7.30pm - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
5-7 May 2017 - Society for Storytelling: The Gathering - Plymouth
Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
Saturday 6 May 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Community Hall, Lamerton, nr Tavistock PL19 8QP
Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ
Saturday 6 May 2017 6.15pm for 7.30pm - Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF
Sun
day 7 May 2017 7.45pm - Cloudstreet - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
Cancelled Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot. Contact 01626 325800.
Thursday 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
Thursday 11 May 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Friday 12 May 2017 - Miranda Sykes - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Friday 12 May 2017 8pm - Steve Tilston - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
Saturday 13 May 2017 -
Geoff Lakeman - Holbeton Village Hall
Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
Tuesday 16 May 2017 8pm - Kelly Oliver - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Wednesday 17 May 2017 -
Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB
Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard
Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Contra Ceilidh with Abacus - Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, 157-165 Pinhoe Road, Polsloe Bridge, Exeter EX4 7HZ
Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
Sun
day 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
27/28 May 2017 -
Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Session News - Today, 23 March, Harbertonford nr Totnes
The regular fourth Thursday session (8pm) hosted by Andy Clarke has moved (from Ashprington) to the Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford, Totnes TQ9 7SZ. Tel: 01803 732258. A friendly mixed acoustic session for singers and musicians of all abilities and styles whether contemporary or traditional within the folk genre.

NEW Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

Yes, 2018 - Booking now
29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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15/3/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 15 March 2017

Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - One-liners all events 17 April to end May
Part Three - Other stuff

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

NEW 27/28 May 2017 - Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
A new festival. Headlined by Seth Lakeman. www.rwyfest.co.uk. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Family friendly and beautiful. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended. www.wegottickets.com/event/391483. Early bird prices until 1 April.

Session News:
Torquay: Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road TQ1 4QA
, 01803 328290
Alternate Wednesdays. Appalachian session. Next: tonight 15 March.
South Brent, Pack Horse Inn, Plymouth Road TQ10 9BH, 01364 72283
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (may previously have been listed as alternate Tuesdays). Mixed folk session, mainly song, but instruments welcome. Contact Eileen eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The spring season of music upstairs in the restaurant at Otterton Mill will be up and running again soon. This is a small intimate venue and often sells out quickly. Summer outdoor concerts in the courtyard have about double the capacity. Then back indoors again for the autumn concerts. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. There's music for many tastes and I'll list all the events at least briefly. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring: 16/3 Rag Mama Rag; 23/3 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz; 6/4 Sam Lewis; 27/4 Corrine West; 11/5 Tia McGraff; 18/5 Chris Cleverly; 15/6 Worry Dolls; (Weds) 28/6 Boo Hewerdine
Summer: 13/7 Hucklebuck; 27/7 FB Pocket Orchestra; 3/8 Daniel Smith Blues Band; 17/8 Ragged Union; 31/8 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn: 14/9 Edwina Hayes; 28/9 Hollie Rogers; 12/10 Carrivick Sisters; 9/11 Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi

Maggie Duffy's concert news
Maggie Duffy has been contacted by Canadian trio My Sweet Patootie www.mysweetpatootie.com as they will be in the UK this summer and Maggie would love to put them on in concert on June 8th in the Churston/Brixham area. If you are interested would you be kind enough to contact Maggie by email scotcraft@msn.com or call 01803 855961 and register your interest. Tickets would be£10 adv, £12 door.

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Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Callington 2017 Mayfest Pre-fest Workshops
Callington MayFest takes place on Saturday 13 May 2017
Four series of workshops taking place leading up to the big day are summarised below (all events are by voluntary donation). Full details, contact information etc. can be found at www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com.
Short reminders only will appear in Harberton Folk listings for the relevent dates.
Cornish Dance and Music workshops with Carmen Hunt - Callington Bowling Club, Liskeard Road, Callington PL17 7JE
7.00pm on Mondays March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
A chance to pick up a selection of Cornish social/community, set and step dances just for fun, usually indoors, sometimes outdoors, always with LIVE music! Ideal for complete beginners and experienced dancers alike, and anyone who things they've got two left feet! Always taught from scratch, and tailored to the participants at each session. U14s must be accompanied by a participating adult. Musicians welcome to come and join in.
Instrumental Music Workshops Jon Dyer of Wren Music - Methodist Church, Haye Rd, Callington PL17 7JJ
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
These workshops will cover learning Cornish and West Country tunes, arranged for the group, and playing for dancing. The workshops are open to all acoustic instruments. You will need to have a basic knowledge of your own instrument to join in, but tunes will be arranged for all abilities. Music reading is helpful, but not essential, as tunes will also be taught by ear.
Singing Workshops with Sarah Owen of Wren Music - Town Hall, New Road, Callington PL17 7BD
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
A series of singing workshops leading up to the Callington MayFest on Saturday 13th May. These workshops will cover
techniques for singing and getting to know your voice. Cornish and West Country songs with some modern twists . The songs will be arranged for the group. The workshops are open to all comers of all abilities.
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper Truro School of Samba - Callington Scout Hut, New Road, Callington PL17 7BE
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6

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Storytelling Sundays - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Storytelling skills are useful in many walks of life. Whether you would like more confidence in public speaking, are interested in the deeper issues brought out by stories, want to develop your creative expression, or want to tell stories but simply don’t know how to begin, the most important thing to do is start! During spring and early summer 2017 Lisa Schneidau is holding a series of Storytelling Sundays. These are one-day workshops for beginners and experienced tellers alike. Storytelling Sundays will:
– explore different aspects of story and how we connect with them, through tellings and discussion
– help you develop your storytelling skills and confidence by providing a ‘toolkit’ of techniques
– play with story and imagination through story games.
These workshops are designed for learning at your own pace, and sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Lisa has used her own experience in storytelling to develop activities which are useful, practical, thought-provoking and fun.
All Storytelling Sundays are 10am-4.30pm, based in the Dartmoor town of Chagford, at Endecott House (occasionally we will venture out into the wilds as well), and cost £35 for the day (plus a small charge from the ticketing website). Discount for booking 3 or 4 workshops.
Sunday 5 March 2017 - Storytelling Start-Up
Sunday 9 April 2017 - The Heart of a Story
Sunday 14 May 2017 - Through Different Eyes
Sunday 11 June 2017 - Spirits of Place and Time
For details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

What's Happening at the The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)?
See www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts for full details. Tel. 01579 320251.
Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends
Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika
Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion

Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

New Festival not too far away - First Bridport Folk Festival - 11-13 August 2017
The very first Bridport Folk Festival planned for August. Comprising a combination of music and dance with three open air stages plus three indoor venues. Event will include ceilidhs and workshops . With the wonderfully talented and charismatic Reg Meuross, Ninebarrow, The Polly Morris Band and Tinderbox to name a few as part of an exciting line up in excess of 40 acts, this first festival is going to be a cracker. Applications from dance sides are still being accepted as are traders. Contact for dance is Ian Cox: lauriancox@yahoo.co.uk. For Trade stalls Tim; www.bhreventsolutions.co.uk/bridport-folk-festival.

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Topsham Folk Club: Guest nights for early 2017
at Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map) - see www.topshamfolkclub.org for details, bookings etc.
Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band
Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman.
Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm -
Vin Garbutt
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.
Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian.
Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

Folk on the Moor Club: Guest nights for early 2017
at Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map) - www.moorfolk.co.uk - to book seats for any concert please email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com.
Sunday 29 January 2017 7.45pm - Carrivick Sisters
Originally from Devon, where much inspiration for their own songs emanates, twins Charlotte and Laura made a big impact on the folk scene in a short time after leaving school and have since won a host of awards for their bluegrass-style material. The write, sing and play beautifully (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo). www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk.
Sunday 12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com.
Sunday 19 February 2017 7.45pm - Geoff Lakeman
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him!
Sunday 5 March 2017 7.45pm - Stanley Accrington
Stanley has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further!
Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music).

Featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In addition to the monthly (2nd Weds, next: 11 January) 'Beehive Folk Café - a friendly, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by singer Sue King in the bar, where everyone is welcome to come and perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians - the Beehive regularly promotes folk concerts, currently featuring (full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk, tel: 01404 384050):
Saturday 21 January 2017 8pm - Willie and the Bandits
Eclectic grooves from this roots, folk, rock 3-piece."One of the best Live acts in the country." The Telegraph.
Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones
Seated. Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”!
Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.”
Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane.
Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.
Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, Phil has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

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NEW 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Super Early Bird tickets just released, limited availability. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

Session News
This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Christow (nr. Exeter), Teign House Inn, Teign Valley Road EX6 7PL (01647 252286). Second Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.Folk session. From January this session will take place on the second or third Wednesday of the month (watch this space).
Copplestone (nr. Crediton): The Cross EX17 5NH (Pub: 01363 84418; Dave: 01363 84914). Last Tuesday of the month, 8pm. Acoustic night. Run by Dave Brassington. This month’s session has been brought forward to 20 December. Back to normal in January.

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Session news - Church House Inn, Churchstow (from John O'Connor)
No session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow in January, owing to a change of management due to take place on January 4. Watch this space for future developments once negotiations have taken place with the new managers early in the new year. 01548 810806 for details.
John also says "Note the date: Saturday 18 February 2017, Kingston Reading Room - key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 7.30pm Doors 7pm £10 advance from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Session News - Jurassic Folk and Jam! - Eyre Court Hotel Conservatory, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
Jurassic Folk nights (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday except August) attract excellent crowds and a full variety of performers. Singers & musicians welcome for an evening of live acoustic performance, listening and joining in and the odd drink or three. Come along bring your voice or an instrument or both, and entertain or be entertained and help us keep music live. Doors 7.30pm, start prompt 8pm, one interval, 10.30pm. Free admission No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music acoustic so no gaps between slots. Full details www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

Session News - Kings Arms, South Zeal nr. Okehampton EX20 2JP
Third Monday of the month, 8pm. Music session. (Pub 01837 840300; Mark Bazeley: 01837 840775).

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Ashburton Arts / Community Arts Centre
Ashburton Methodist Church is for sale. A group of people is putting together a bid to buy it and turn it into a Community Arts Centre and Work Hub (for freelancers/people working at home) . More details on the fledgling website www.ashburtonarts.org.uk (includes contact details). This Sunday 20 November there's a public meeting at the Methodist Church 3-5pm for anyone who'd like to find out more, see the initial plans that architects have created or join in discussions about things you'd like to see in the building or the programme. All welcome.

Session News - Ermington Crooked Spire - Discontinued
Last Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Music and song session (mainly blues). Discontinued. This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)

Steve Knightley solo
Steve currently has the following solo gigs lined up for our coverage area:
Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Village Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Full details, ticketing etc. can be found on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

News from Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed
As some of you will already have heard, Maggie and Mike weed have called time on their 15+ year partnership. Both wishing to pursue other musical avenues they have amicably had a parting of the ways whilst in their own words all was good and on top form - you could say on a high note! Their performances right from the early days of Harberton Folk Concerts have always been extremely popular and they supported some of our best known names.
Maggie will continue to put on the local concerts that she and Mike have run so successfully. She will be working with a variety of musicians in the coming months and rehearsals are already underway. Guests already booked for 2017 concerts include Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer.
Maggie will soon have her own email and new contact pages up and running and we'll give details in due course.
We all wish Maggie and Mike all the best in their new ventures.

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Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton (Autumn/Winter 2016 Newsletter)
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
The nights are ‘drawing in’ at the Passage House Inn and this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are all donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice.
24 October - Clive Sheard; 21 November - Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 12 December - Blue Monday
Please visit our new web page www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH and bookmark for further information. The old Facebook page will be deleted in the New Year. We meet every Monday and especially welcome visitors who are always made welcome to listen to the performances.
At the end of 2016 after 4½ years, Martin & Janet are handing over all of the running of Acoustic Warehouse Devon to Nigel & Mary. We are all very proud that the club is on target, by the end of the year, to have raised £3ooo for our local Rowcroft Hospice. Kind Regards Martin & Janet

Session news: Plymouth  (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Plymouth: St. Aubyn's Church, Chapel Street, Devonport PL1 4DP (01752 562348, 07887 911038)
Wednesday 7 September 7.30pm. Devonport folk and general music session. All styles and musicians welcome. Takes place above the library. Refreshments available. Disabled facilities. On bus routes 34/ 21A / 5/A into and out of Plymouth. Mecca Bingo is on the corner . “A revival of previous sessions but now in a settled home. Look forward to new and previous participants.”  It is hoped that this session will become a regular monthly event.

Green Light Unplugged
Green Light Unplugged is an acoustic music project, designed to involve local cafes, bars and other venues to provide an introductory platform for songwriters and musicians, while raising awareness and funds for MacmillanCancer Support. If you are a venue or artist, or if you would like to find out more information, please visit www.greenlightunplugged.com.

Folk Music at South Brent's two pubs
The Oak
www.oakonline.net
Folk music session
- a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song session on the third Thursday of the month from 8.pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Second Sunday of the month: Bluegrass music session from 7.45 onwards: After a couple of successful trial sessions, this is now a regular occurrence. Upbeat and great fun - everyone welcome – to play or just listen. Musicians of stringed instruments and singers all welcome to join in with the session. Have a drink and a listen to lots of lively tunes and songs. A great end to the weekend.
Pack Horse Inn
www.thepackhorse.co.uk
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Some 2017 dates from Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
NEW
Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713

NEW Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The autumn programme includes:
Sunday 11 September
2016 3pm - Sunday Sessions: Siobhán Owen
Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies
Friday 11 November 2016
- Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas
Saturday 12 November 2016
- Clive Carroll

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This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.

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Session News:
South Hams
(from John O'Connor)
The Dolphin Inn Kingston is under new management, and is beginning to flourish once more as the phoenix rises from the ashes. The new landlord, Craig Worthington, has decided to keep the open mic sessions going through the summer, so the next Dolphin Open Mic will be on Friday 1 July 8 pm onwards. 01548 810806 to book a spot, follow Facebook page Dolphin Open Mic.
In other news, - the next Church House Inn (Churchstow) session will be on Thursday 1 September, as the pub is moving into its busy summer period.
Exeter: (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Whipton Music Club, The Whipton Institute Social Club, Whipton Village Road EX4 8AW (Paul Hunter: 01392 276827, whiptonmusicclub@gmail.com). Second Friday of each month, 8pm – 11pm. “Long established popular open mic night.” “I will not be able to run the club this month or July / August. However, the club is very much alive and we will resume again on the second Friday, 9th September.” Paul.

Admin Note:
I've recently been informed that the Plusnet recommendation sign-up banner at the foot of this email (and also on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk) has not been functioning correctly. I've now corrected that problem. I've been with Plusnet for nearly 16 years, since long before they became a household name. And if you need support, you know you'll talk to someone in Yorkshire!

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]

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Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
Dear supporter of live music: We are enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice except on 27 June proceeds will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 6 June – Rick Lawes; 20 June – Nigel Dee; 27 June – Steve Buxton; 18 July – Graham Butterfield. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information. Kind regards, Martin.

Carmina New Album
Carmina (jazz, folk and celtic crossover), who last performed in this area 5 years ago at the Dart Music Festival and the Mildmay Colours Inn in Holbeton, are booked to record a new album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios at the end of May. They are trying to raise some of the necessary funds through a 'Kickstart' campaign. If you're a Carmina fan, see full details here now: http://kck.st/21r6t5m.
[Please note: This is a one-off item for a friend of Harberton Folk and not the start of regular crowdfunding items.]

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Feature: South Devon Music proudly presents a
Summer of Love in Music City, Bovey Tracey! to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Summer of Love. Don’t miss these once in a lifetime opportunities to see some of the most influential musicians ever to grace any stage:
Sunday 5 June 2016 - Legendary Irish duo Tir na nOg at the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road
Sunday 10 July 2016 - the return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman to the Edgemoor
Saturday 3 September 2016Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson at the Dolphin Hotel, Station Road
Book your tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
[After seeing the brilliant Leveret in Kingskerswell last Friday I was reminded to circulate the following which involves Sam Sweeney and may be of interest to some talented young folk musicians in our area.]
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

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Session News - Plymouth
Plymouth: Artillery Arms, Pound Street, Stonehouse PL1 3RH (01752 262515). First & third Tuesdays of the month, 8.30pm. Mixed folk session. Singers particularly welcome. Formerly on alternate Tuesdays.
For comprehensive information about pub sessions (list and map) across the area see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Callington 2016 Mayfest free pre-fest workshops
Music Workshops with Becki Driscoll from Wren Music:
10.30am March 19 Callington Town Hall; April 2 / 16 / 30 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper of Truro school of Samba (possibly trying some rhythms based on Cornish dances):
10.30am March 26, April 9 / 23, May 7 at Mustard Seed Church, Callington.
Cornish Dance Workshops with Carmen Hunt:
10.30am April 2 / 16 / 23 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
For more info email caveatcallington@gmail.com or contact Peter on 01579 384509.

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Topsham Folk Club Singers Nights - Temporary Change of Venue during March
The Globe is undergoing building work over the next few weeks and the Malthouse is unavailable. We will be holding Singers Nights upstairs in Matthews Hall, Topsham on March 6th, 20th and 27th. Please BYO drinks as there will be no bar available.

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Spring 2016 newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. It’s nearly spring time (hooray!), so here is our latest newsletter with details of our "Spring Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions. Finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice. 7 March - Marc Woodward; 11 April - Josie Lloyd; 16 May - Paul Holden. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 further information and performance videos.  Kind Regards Martin.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session News - Teignmouth
New venue for the last Friday 8pm Acoustic Folk and Blues Night - Palmers Tea Rooms, 51A Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE tel: 01626 437120. Light snacks/non-alcoholic beverages available. Bring your own alcohol or purchase from pub next door. Enquiries/to book a spot telephone 07443 617076.

Folk Dance Club News
Harberton Folk does not list folk dance clubs but I've picked up from Steve Cunio's Sadfolk weekly e-missive (Somerset & Dorset folk news, www.sadfolk.co.uk) that Gittisham Folk Dance Club nr Honiton now has its own website at http://gittishamfolkdanceclub.wordpress.com.
This is also a good opportunity to tell you that full details of all folk dance clubs in our area (and beyond) can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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New Folk Club - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Venue: Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
(This replaces the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn)
First official night: Friday 26 February 2016 8pm (Open Club night), last Friday of the month (except December). Admission £1. This new club will be held in the newly-refurbished and extended function room that will hold up to 60 people and is very comfortable and intimate. Table-top bar serving the essential drinks (beers, lager, cider, wines and soft drinks). Prices a lot lower than pub prices. Teas & coffees available (with biscuits). Limited parking in the club car park. Free street parking available outside the club. Access to the club is through open green gates in Lyndhurst Road, off Victoria Park Road.  Full wheel-chair access and disabled toilet. Message from club organisers: Due to ongoing difficulties at the Ley Arms, securing nights and regularity, we have decided to move venues. On the positive side we think this is a very good move and look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the new tennis club venue. For more information contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW First concert night at the new Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

New 2016 Format for Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance price on singers nights reduced to £1 performers, £2 non-performers, raising funds for guests (no raffle). We are also changing the format for singers nights. We are fortunate in that there are many performers who are very good and deserve a longer spot. So with this in mind we are going to keep the last 30 mins or so of each singers night for a longer spot from one of these floor performers.
If you have any ideas that you would like to put forward for how we could improve the club for you then please just drop me a line. Or any negative things that put you off!
Next Thursday 24 January we were due to have Bob & Gill Berry but they are ill and have had to cancel. Instead we are going to have our first singers night with a longer performance from Charlie and Emma Wilson. Charlie plays guitar and they both sing in exquisite harmony. Beautiful arrangements and lovely voices.
Next booked guests:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks (Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks) www.cosgraveandbanks.com
Thursday 14 July 2016 - Steve Turner - www.steve-turner.co.uk

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs

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Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."

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Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details
www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk.

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Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

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Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for October
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.